Math....are your palms sweating yet? 😅Yep, I know. But you’ve asked for books that will enrich and enliven math for your kids, and we took on the challenge.

In today’s episode, the Read-Aloud Revival team is talking about delighting and learning math together through great read-alouds.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • why you might want to add math read-alouds to your day
  • how to add them in when you already feel pressed for time (no need to dump your existing curriculum!)
  • our favorites. Of course, right? And yes – we actually all have FAVORITE math picture books… can you believe it?

I also tackle a listener question about stopping to look something up when you’re reading aloud to your kids. Is it a good idea?

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Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast:

1:19Not just for homeschoolers
2:32Meet Sarah in 2020
3:28Question: Should we stop and research while reading aloud?
4:47Ideally and realistically
7:37The team tackles … MATH?!
9:08Making the abstract concrete
10:29Making math cozy
11:16Math anxiety
12:35The HOW
14:30Math role models
16:42Small commitments
17:18Team favorites
17:51Snowman – Cold = Puddle
20:23Lemonade in Winter
22:24365 Penguins
23:56The Lion’s Share
26:07‘A fun addition’
27:41Let the kids speak

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Quotes to remember:

“Imagine your child’s start in math being on your lap or next to you on the couch as you share a story together. Or imagine being able to take a step back with your older child and really fall in love with shapes and patterns and numbers… and to do that together through stories.”

– Kortney Garrison

“Okay. That book was amazing.”

7-year-old Clara’s review of The Lion’s Share

Math Read-Alouds

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Math Read-Alouds

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The best picture books to help your family delight in learning math together through read alouds.

Listen to our podcast episode on math picture books.

Feast for 10
One Grain of Rice
What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras?
Pythagoras and the Ratios: A Math Adventure
Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain
Anno’s Magic Seeds (Picture Books)
Pigeon Math
Zero Is the Leaves on the Trees
A Remainder of One
Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci
The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos
The Librarian Who Measured the Earth
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13
One Hundred Hungry Ants
Ten Flashing Fireflies
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race
3×4: TOON Level 1 (TOON Books)
Sir Cumference and the First Round Table
Anno’s Counting Book
Anno’s Mysterious Multiplying Jar
I’m Trying to Love Math
Spaghetti And Meatballs For All! (Scholastic Bookshelf)
Multiplying Menace: The Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin (Charlesbridge Math Adventures)
Billions of Bricks: A Counting Book About Building
My Even Day (Arbordale Collection)
One Odd Day (Arbordale Collection)
365 Penguins (Reissue)
Infinity and Me (Carolrhoda Picture Books)
The Doorbell Rang
Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money
Two of Everything
Equal Shmequal (Charlesbridge Math Adventures)
7 Ate 9
The Lion’s Share
How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? (Mr. Tiffin’s Classroom Series)
The Girl With a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague (Amazing Scientists)
The Warlord’s Alarm, A Mathematical Adventure
Snowman – Cold = Puddle: Spring Equations
One Is a Snail, Ten is a Crab: A Counting by Feet Book
How Much Is a Million? (Reading Rainbow Books)
Millions to Measure
Math Curse
Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes
Mouse Count
Mathematicians Are People, Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians
Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late (Bedtime Math Series)

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